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No. 1 Alabama's Lacy starting to hit his stride

Alabama running back Eddie Lacy (42) stiff-arms Florida Atlantic defensive back D'Joun Smith (21) and runs for a first down during the first half of a NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Alabama running back Eddie Lacy (42) stiff-arms Florida Atlantic defensive back D'Joun Smith (21) and runs for a first down during the first half of a NCAA college football game on Saturday, Sept. 22, 2012, in Tuscaloosa, Ala.
Butch Dill, Associated Press

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. — Eddie Lacy is starting to put the injury questions behind him.

No. 1 Alabama's starting tailback rushed for three touchdowns at Arkansas and 106 yards in the first half against Florida Atlantic after a slow start.

Trent Richardson's successor sat out spring practice to recover from toe surgery, then had a hamstring and ankle injury slow him down late in preseason camp.

He had just 18 carries for 71 yards in the first two games. Lacy says it took a while to get comfortable and stop worrying about his injuries.

Lacy still seems unlikely to put up huge numbers like Richardson and 2009 Heisman Trophy winner Mark Ingram in a crowded backfield. Freshman T.Y. Yeldon still holds a slight lead in rushing yards.

Alabama hosts Mississippi on Saturday.